‘Three Billboards…’, ‘Veep’, ‘This Is Us’ win big at SAG Awards


Los Angeles, Jan 22: Film director Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won three awards, including the marquee film ensemble prize, at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards here on Sunday.

Actress Frances McDormand won for her lead role, and Sam Rockwell won for supporting role, reports deadline.com.

Actor Gary Oldman continued his awards-season run, winning Lead Actor for his performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”.

On the small screen side, there were two wins for “This Is Us” — Ensemble in a Drama Series and Sterling K. Brown for Male Actor. “Big Little Lies” and “Veep” also won two honours each.

Actors Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard took trophies for playing unconventional spouses in “Big Little Lies”, and “Veep” was voted the winner for Comedy Ensemble, with lead Julia Louis-Dreyfus also winning for the Selina Meyer role. 

Dreyfus has been undergoing chemo treatments and was unable to attend the ceremony.

She tweeted: “I wish I could have been at SAG Awards tonight but have to admit it’s pretty fun to watch in my pj’s. So honoured to win. So proud to be a union member. So happy for my ‘Veep’ bozos for winning ensemble award. Miss being at the table with you all. How was the chicken?”

It was also Kidman’s first win in her 10th nomination.

Hollywood veteran star Morgan Freeman accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award.

After accepting the honour from Rita Moreno, he said backstage: “I got on stage first time when I was eight and I played ‘Little Boy Blue’ in a pageant. By 12, there was no question (he wanted to be an actor.” 

He later blew off a reporter’s question about whether Hollywood awards are “too white.” Instead, he focused on the career honour. 

“You have to give that some thought because the title is Life Achievement. The inference might be to get off the stage, you’re done. My hope is that is not the case and they were saying congratulations, so far.”